Tanzania and Rwanda are among the cheapest East African countries in terms of mobile data, according to a new survey published this week by Cable.co.uk.

Tanzania tops the region with 1GB at $0.75, followed by Rwanda $1.25, Uganda at $1.56, Burundi $2.10 and Kenya $2.25 per gigabyte.

The survey says the average price of 1GB of mobile data in Rwanda equals the 32 data plans measured, which is three times less than the global average of $4.07.

The data was collected and analysed between 8 December 2020 and 25 February 2021. 

Other countries are missing on the global list due to the lack of data. 

The report also found that globally, Israel ($0.05) has the lowest prices for mobile data, followed by Kyrgyzstan (0.15), Fiji (0.19), Italy (0.27), and Sudan ($0.27). The Sudan's comfortable global ranking means that it is the cheapest country in Sub-Saharan Africa in cheapes tmobile data.

Equatorial Guinea, a Central African oil-rich nation ruled with iron-fist by one of Africa’s long-serving dictators, is found to have the most expensive mobile data, with $49.67) per gigabyte.

Other most expensive countries followingg Equatorial Guinea include Falkland Islands ($44.56), Saint Helena ($39.87), São Tomé and Príncipe ($30.97) and Malawi ($25.46).

Dan Howdle, Cable consumer telecoms analyst, said many countries with cheap data have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure, enabling providers to offer large amounts of data, and bring down prices per GB.

Others with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data, he added.

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